Are There A Lot of Mosquitoes in Texas?

You would be surprised to know that there are about 85 species of mosquitos found in Texas. This is based on mosquito trapping and literature done by the Agricultural and Environmental Safety Unit personnel.

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Mosquitoes exist across the nation and Texas is no exemption. Everyone knows that mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Different species of mosquitoes carry specific diseases so they do more than just leave you with red, swollen and itchy bites. That’s why you should get professional help in getting rid of them. 

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What are The Types of Mosquitoes in Texas?

85 species have been identified in Texas and there are four common types of Texas mosquitos.

Aedes Aegypti (Yellow Fever Mosquito)

Yellow Fever mosquito is often found along the coasts of Texas. This is the Texas mosquito that could breed inside your home. Common breeding sites include pails, flower pot plates and trays, ornamental vases, plants, and canvas sheets. It is capable of biting anyone throughout the day. It has been known that it is the transmitter of Zika Virus and dengue fever.

Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus)

This Texas mosquito is also known as the forest mosquito. It got its “tiger” name from its appearance with a single white strip from its head to the back. It originally came from Southeast Asia and known to bite during the daytime. Some of the diseases it carries are Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Zika virus, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue fever.

House Mosquito (Culex)

The texas mosquito is the most-known summer pest. House mosquitoes find food by detecting body heat and exhaled carbon dioxide by humans. However, male mosquitoes only feed on plant nectars while female mosquitoes suck on human blood. This type of mosquito in Texas often breeds in still waters which include ponds, floodwaters, storm drains and water found in old tires and tree holes. They put humans at risk of getting malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis and West Nile River – a disease that is a serious threat in the U.S. for the past few years.

Southern Mosquito (Culex Quinquefasciatus)

Also known as Culex fatigans, this is the most common type of mosquito that shares similar attributes of a house mosquito. It often hunts during the night and carries diseases such as the St.Louis Encephalitis virus and West Nile Virus.

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Signs of Texas Mosquito Infestation and What Attracts Them to Your Home

Texas mosquitos needs moist, warm climates and water to thrive. Hence, it makes the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex a haven for mosquitoes with its sub-tropic, warm climate. Here are other signs that your home is infested with mosquitoes:

Bite marks on your skin. 

These bites could either be mild irritation to severe inflammation and swelling.

Presence of stagnant water.

Mosquitoes are attracted to places with standing water as it’s the ideal breeding ground for female mosquitoes. And they can lay hundreds of eggs all at once!

Flower bed or areas with damp soil.

Your yard could hold enough moisture to attract female mosquitoes and breed in that area. It will lay its nest in areas with the soft and moist ground where depression forms.

Shaded areas in your home.

Besides stagnant water, mosquitoes also prefer to be in cold and shaded places.

You find them hovering over your food.

As mentioned, male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars. Although this is the main source of food for male Texas mosquito, female mosquitoes also feed on them.

You’re scratching during the middle of the night.

Mentioned before, there are mosquitoes that are night-feeders so you end up scratching at night.

What is Mosquito Season in Texas?

The mosquito season in Dallas / Fort Worth begins around March 15th and ends on April 1st. However, most of our clients ask for help with Texas mosquito control up until October 1st or when the cold weather comes.

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Mosquito Larvae and Mosquito Life Cycle

Once a mosquito hatches its eggs in water, they become mosquito larvae. All mosquitoes undergo four different stages — egg, larva, pupa and adult. Those various stages compose the life cycle of a mosquito that usually takes about a month.

Egg 

Once the female mosquito feeds blood from a human, she is ready to lay her eggs in a single or side by side manner near stagnant water or damp soil. The eggs are laid forming a raft that keeps afloat in the water. In a raft, there are about 100-400 eggs laid.

Larva

One week after the eggs are hatched, they become mosquito larvae or wigglers. They look like tiny hairy worms wiggling their way inside the water. They are about ¼ inch long with a round head and an abdomen with 10 segments.

They usually live in water for about 4-14 days or even longer. It usually depends on the temperature and water surface. The larva will molt four times and grow bigger after every molt. By the last molt, it will grow about ½-inch long.

Pupa

When the larva undergoes its final molt, it becomes a pupa or also called a “tumbler”. It dives and swims when the light changes hence its term. The pupa will thrive in the water for one to four days depending on the water temperature and its species.

Adult

Once it gets off its pupal casing, the adult mosquito emerges on the water surface up until its body and wings are dry. By then, the adult mosquito can fly and live for about 3-4 weeks. That is why Safe Pro Pest Control visits clients with mosquito problems every 30 days.

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Anti-mosquito Products: To Buy or Not to Buy?

There are tons of products that offer solutions to your mosquito problems. There are tiki torches, repellants, and even body sprays. Unfortunately, those are just repellants. You’re deterring them but you’re not getting rid of them. Mosquitoes won’t die when you use them but they do stay away from you because of the smell of the products.

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What Can I spray in My Yard For Mosquitoes?

Now, how about the mosquito sprays?

Those are ineffective for the main reason that they won’t be able to reach the bottom areas of the leaves and bushes. And mosquitoes live under those leaves and not on top!

The problem with most DIYers is that they’re making their own poisoning issues. Mosquito pest control experts use natural and synthetic treatments that aren’t harmful to humans but can kill mosquitoes.

On the other hand, DIYers spray and can cause cross-contamination by tracking in poison on their shoes and hands. They don’t have the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when they come in contact with those sprays, unlike pest control experts from Safe Pro Pest Control.

Is There Any Pest Control For Mosquitoes?

Yes, there are. Kill larvae by dumping out all stagnant water in and around your home. If you can’t get rid of the standing water, larvicide can be used.

How Can SafePro Pest Control Get Rid of Mosquitoes?

“SafePro Pest Control offers three different services for people with mosquito problems.”

Solution #1 Backpack Fogger

This is one of the most popular services. Contrary to what most people think, this isn’t fumigation. The air breaks up so it creates a fog that covers the entire area of a plant — both the top and underneath the leaves.

Solution #2 In-2-Care ​

This product is slowly gaining popularity as it was created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The tool attracts pregnant female mosquitoes inside the device. Once mosquitoes are inside, they come in contact with a specially treated gauze contaminated with larvicide and fungus.

Given the fact that Aedes mosquitoes like to lay their eggs over different sides, the device lets the mosquitoes fly out of the trap whilst carrying larvicide on their legs. They contaminate different breeding sites with larvicide and that’s how larvae get killed in hard to find breeding grounds. The pregnant mosquito also gets infected with the fungus that will eventually kill her before she starts spreading diseases.

Solution #3 Mist-Away Mosquito Fogging Misting Tank​

It is one of the most rewarding and most effective ways for mosquito control. It’s a daily mist that you can work on your own. All you have to do is go outside and press a button and the Mist-Away Mosquito Fogging Misting Tank works like a sprinkler system. In as fast as 15 minutes, all mosquitoes will be dead.

Safe Pro Pest Control can do the installation of the tank that you buy from us. Installation includes the lines, tanks, and filters. We will set the timer for the daily mist at your preferred time. For most of our clients, they prefer that the timer be set to midnight, 3 am and 6 am. That’s when people are asleep and less likely to go outside.

But the work of Safe Pro Pest Control doesn’t stop there. We make it a point to get your Mist-Away Mosquito Fogging Misting Tank checked every month. We also clean the nozzles, refill the tank and make sure everything is up and running.

If you have questions or want to know more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to provide you more information.

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Why Get Safe Pro Pest Control for Mosquito Pest Control?
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We don’t do contracts on this type of service.

We don’t force clients into staying with us, unlike most companies. If we fog and you still have a problem, we know the problem isn’t in your yard. The problem comes from your neighbor’s mosquitoes.

We’re very detail-oriented!

You will find that our level of expertise and knowledge is top-notch! Our team checks all sources for mosquitoes because we know where to look for. Our years of experience also taught us to do a very thorough check and treatment for all potential sources of mosquitoes and larvae.

Experience makes a big difference.

One of our clients who was amazed by how many larvae we were able to kill under one fence post. And most DIYers would never have expected to find larvae in a fence post!

Our team wears the right PPE.

From the clothing and equipment, our service technicians wear special shoe protection and gear. That’s a guarantee that there’s no cross-contamination!

Our fogging service is the best and SAFE for humans.

We have the fogging service that can penetrate inside dense bushes and under the leaves where most mosquitoes hide. And it’s totally safe for humans! The products we use are enough to kill mosquitoes but aren’t harmful and toxic to humans.

We come out on a schedule.

If you miss out on doing the spray every 30 days, a whole new batch of mosquitoes will be in your home. That is something you don’t want to happen. Again, don’t worry. We know when’s the right time to come to your place and get it treated.

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If you’ve got more questions on mosquitoes, check out our FAQs here:

1. Are there a lot of mosquitoes in Texas?

Yes, 85 species have been identified in Texas.

2. What types of mosquitoes are in Texas?

There are four common types of mosquitoes found in Texas namely the Aedes aegypti, Asian Tiger Mosquito, House Mosquito and the Southern Mosquito.

3. What is mosquito season in Texas?

The mosquito season in Dallas/ Fort Worth begins around March 15th and ends on April 1.

4. How do you stop mosquitoes from biting you in Texas?

Most experts advise the application of mosquito repellant regularly.

5. What can I spray in my yard for mosquitoes?

Mosquito pest control experts use natural and synthetic treatments that aren’t harmful to humans but can kill mosquitoes.

6. Is there any pest control for mosquitoes?

Yes, there are. Kill larvae by dumping out all stagnant water in your home. If you can’t get rid of the standing water, larvicide can be used.

7. Which of the following diseases are transmitted through mosquito bites?

Some of the diseases mosquitoes carry are Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Zika virus, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue fever.

8. How to get rid of mosquitoes inside the house?

Safe Pro Pest Control provides larvicide and dumping water on all treatments. We kill larvae by dumping out standing water. If we can’t dump the water like in fence posts - where water can accumulate, heavy pots, drains, and other areas, we put larvicide. We put in areas we can’t dump water as well.